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Human Factors Psychology (Ph.D.)

What is Human Factors?

Human Factors psychologists use and contribute to the body of knowledge related to human strengths and weaknesses relevant to product/service design. Our goal is to collaborate with engineers, artists, and computer scientists to develop safe and effective technology.


ODU's Ph.D. program in Human Factors has been accredited by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society since 2011.

Classes & Requirements
Admission & Financial Support

Human Factors doctoral students conduct funded research


Human Factors Ph.D. graduates employed upon graduation


Awards received by ODU's HFES student chapter


Meet Our Award-Winning Faculty

ODU follows the scientist-practitioner model, emphasizing psychological theory, behavioral science, and application. Our faculty members understand the fundamental and ancillary areas of human factors, and they are well versed in statistics and research methodology. You'll gain an appreciation for conducting human factors research, and you will receive valuable practical experience. We help students make innovative and professional contributions to the field. The faculty members are committed to your success in a learning environment that is open, nurturing, and cooperative.


 Accepting Students

Mark Scerbo


Ph.D. University Of Cincinnati

Jeremiah Still

 Accepting Students

Jeremiah Still

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Iowa State University


 Accepting Students

Yusuke Yamani

Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Xiao Yang

 Accepting Students

Xiao Yang

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Virginia Tech

Faculty Research Labs

Graduate students have access to world-class research facilities. For instance, laboratories within the department house various technology: eye-tracking systems, driving simulators, VR headsets, medical simulators, and a range of physiological recording equipment. Plus, collaborative research arrangements are in place with external entities. Visit our faculty labs to learn more.

Visit Our Faculty Labs!
Human Factors Psychology Lab

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